We specialise in treks involving historic escape routes that cross borders

Step into adventure for a once in a lifetime expedition or trek. Life is too short not to explore. Our mountain adventures will leave you with cherished life-long memories. Following pioneers from the past, see how they survived and relive their adventures. Delve into local communities, their culture and traditions. Our treks are organised so as to benefit local communities. You can take part to challenge yourself or benefit a charity. Share your journey with like minded people, embracing nature and history along the way. Feel the adventure and feel the freedom. 

We have a base in the Pyrenees and we have helped the Freedom Trail or Chemin de la Liberté be a reality for over 500 escapees since 2014 who have embraced and succeeded on this tough challenge. We would love you to join us in 2022 and 2023. We have departures starting in France crossing to Spain or Andorra following known and published escape lines 

Coastal Freedom Trail  and Alberes nountains 2022 and 2023

April, May, June and October 2023

If you are a group of 3+ please do get intouch on anne@freedomtrailtreks.com to enjoy the final dates of the year. As we get enquiries from individuals we will also put up more dates 🙂 

Remaining Freedom Trail, Pyrenees dates 2023 on the classic Chemin de la Liberté and other documented routes escaping to Andorra

01/07/2023 – 06/07/2023 Available

9/07/2023 – 14/07/2023 Last spaces

13/08/2023 – 18/08/2023 Available

18/08/2023- 23/08/2023 FULL

24/08/2023 – 29/08/2023 Available

5/09/2023 – 10/09/2023 FULL

11/09/2023 – 16/09/2023 Available

17/09/2023 – 22/09/2023 Available

23/09/2023 – 28/09 2023 Spaces

Please ask if you don’t see a date that works for you here. We are running some other Freedom Trails for our large tour operator partners at other times in 2023 but are more than happy to try and fit you in.

Family Freedom Trail experience & Escape and Evasion

4 days France to Andorra

4 days France to Spain

These trips are booking up FAST. Contact us if you would like to join or talk about the route email anne@freedomtrailtreks.com for a zoom or call +44 7951058053 or +33 781799006

If you would like a flavour of the freedom trail for a less tough challenge then we offer freedom trail experiences and Escape and Evasion for families

We often move between France, Spain and Andorra but also in Europe. Our programmes are covid flexible so we can cross a border but not stay depending on the situation. Why not also try Andorra 3 Nations Trek (France, Spain, Andorra) climbing the highest peak en route or Sea to Summit on El Teide (3715m), Tenerife, Spains highest peak.

The dolomites WW1 history with its tunnels and open air museums also inspires. These trips have a strong meaning for the people you will meet on the ground and as well as being a challenge. We can share stories and challenges of the escapees and local communities having researched the history and operations that made these journeys possible in depth. We can learn alot today from border communities and view parallels in post conflict society today. Cathar way and Carcassonne and Coastal Freedom trail are les ardous  trips or challenges for those who want to explore the regions culture in a more relaxed and luxurious manner. 

Coastal Freedom Trail dates 2022

Mainly hotel based trek  on the beautiful vermillion coast and costa brava. See Jessica’s  excellent and moving article for the New York Times on “Recreating a Family’s Lost Holocaust History, Step by Step” is here as we helped her recreate and find more about her father and grandfathers steps: https://www.nytimes.com/…/holocaust-pyrenees-jewish…

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We also offer cultural  adventures or tougher expeditions to iconic peaks such as Toubkal and Aconcagua. We use expert guides specialised to each trip. 

What’s on from November until May 23? 

Snowy fun: From our Pyrenees base we are excited for French and Andorran Pyrenees snowshoeing, weekend to a full weeks plus Pyrenees winter fun & wellness/yoga in January, February and March. 

Following Escape routes: In March and April we will take to the lower Alberes mountains to the East for the WW2 Coastal Freedom Trail and escape cols. Why not run or walk a section of the Cathar way or Cathar Explorer with us starting in Carcassonne follows the story and escapes of the Cathars and the Albigensian crusade in the 12th and 13th centuries. 

Inspired to for a peak, fancy a challenge? Join us to summit on El Teide, Tenerife Sea to Summit (3715m), Mount Toubkal Long Weekend (4167m)  Kalymnos round island trek 100km   and it’s highest point or on a longer trip into the stunning  Annapurna Sanctuary or  Helambu Gosaikunda lakes, Nepal with the option to climb a 5,000m peak.  Follow in the footsteps of Lawrance of Arabia in Wadi Rum Jordan  and experience the highest mountain in Africa and some stunning wildlife on the Kilimanjaro Northern Route


Climbing up to Lauribina passViews on the Annapurna Base Camp trek



Why we do it? We are really excited to show you beautiful places and support a good cause at the same time. Walking or running for a reason! Sharing history and culture, nature and ideas and the moment. You can do these with us as an individual, group or charity.

Climb Snowdon Sea to Summit & slate mines, Gritstone 9 edges challenge (1 day or long weekend), Dark Peak White peak challenge, Battle of Britain Memorial walk, Dover coastline, Yorkshire 3 peaks, climb UK, Cornish Coastal challenge, embrace marine life and cream tea!, the New forest 5km, 10km and half marathon trek fest weekend challenges and the Snowdonia 7 Summits. All 1-6 day trips and so if you would like to do just one day on any of these please ask! We have open events especially for charities and have helped many fundraisers with their ambitions. We are happy to be supporting the charity SANE on the cornish Coastal Challenge in October 21. Do sign up to help them.


Week, long weekend and day snowshoeing, pick and mix winter activity fun local to Ax les Thermes and Andorra. We love winter fun! What makes this region unique is you can also relax in thermal baths post walk and/or combine with skiing.

Already living in France, Spain or Andorra? Day and weekend mountain experiences

Our treks or walks can be geared to you if you are coming from Toulouse, Carcassonne, Bordeaux, Puigcerda, or Andorra la Vella for the day. We are only 1hr-1.5 hours away depending on your base. My mission is to help you fall in love with this fascinating border region. We are so close to both Spain and Andorra with a fine selection of mountain experiences, cultural adventures and historical escapes.  We can also offer to the border treks to step into Spain or Andorra in a weekend or just for the day as wall as mountain refuge trips, historic Cathar castles or just into the wild.

Day Trips and Mountain weekends

  • Pyrenees 2-3000m peaks
  • To the border: Spain or Andorra
  • Cathar culture
  • The Halifax Bomber experience

If you are coming as a group we offer apartment accommodation at ChezArran. 

We partner with Roam and Retreat for all wildlife adventures and historical explorer days.

Click here to find all our fabulous Pyrenees FreedomTrail Treks adventures! We have themed day or weekend walks too so you can pick challenge, relaxation or wildlife options in partnership with Roam and Retreat.


Follow in the footsteps of Lawrance of Arabia in Wadi Rum Jordan or circumvent a Greek island on foot and by boat for 100km on Kalymnos, go on the track of red pandas in Nepal. These are amazing choices from our favourite non European places to be!

Are you ready? 

Trekking freedom trail in the pyrenees

Follow in the footsteps of audacious escapes and pioneering trails…

Trip Reviews

“Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful time over the last week. You were a superb guide and I felt very safe in your hands. It was certainly a physical challenge for me and my caravan backpack but we all came through didn’t we? I’d have gladly parted with my bouncing bomb at any stage during the trek but Francis and the boys would never have let me forget it! ” Dr Mike

“My best part of the trip was the wonderful people in my group! Day 3 of the hike was incredible – the scenery, food, horses, wildlife, etc. The most inspirational was the realisation that would hit at various times
about the refugees who made the trip without the benefit of good food, good gear, etc. It was incredible to imagine.”  Shelby Kerns

“Can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make our trek such a resounding success.  As good as it gets!” Rowan Paterson, Director, The Ultimate Travel Company

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Freedom Trail Treks

First Floor 2 Woodberry Grove North Finchley

N12 0DR London


Telephone: +44 07951058053 I +33 0781799006